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Ronald Reagan and the War on Christmas
Townhall ^ | 12-22-2006 | Floyd Brown

Posted on 12/22/2006 9:00:32 PM PST by Always Right

In recent weeks there has been much commentary about the “War on Christmas.” FOX News host Bill O’Reilly recently spoke up on November 18 saying, “It’s all part of the secular progressive agenda ... to get Christianity and spirituality and Judaism out of the public square.” He then added, “because if you look at what happened in Western Europe and Canada, if you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs, like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage, because the objection to those things is religious-based, usually.”

O’Reilly’s comments on his television show, The O’Reilly Factor, during a segment about “which American stores are using ‘Christmas’ in advertising this Christmas season and which are not.” O’Reilly’s comments have sparked outrage amongst liberal pundits.

There was an American president that not so long ago decried the same trends as O’Reilly. He believed Christmas was a special time that had grown too secular; the president about which I write is Ronald Reagan. He spoke and wrote passionately about the Christmas season, and all that it represented to him. He even believed that the Christmas spirit was the same as the American spirit.

Although President Reagan would have rather spent Christmas with his family at his beloved Rancho del Cielo in California, he stayed at the White House in Washington, D.C. He did this so that Secret Service agents and other aides could spend Christmas at home with their families. President Reagan was a very thoughtful and kind person.

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KEYWORDS: christmas; foxnews; oreilly; reagan; ronaldwilsonreagan; thegipper; thegreatest; waronchristmas; waronchristmas2006
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"And because faith for us is not an empty word, we invoke the power of prayer to spread the spirit of peace. We ask protection for our soldiers who are guarding peace tonight — from frigid outposts in Alaska and the Korean demilitarized zone to the shores of Lebanon."

"With patience and firmness we can help bring peace to that strife-torn region and make our own lives more secure. The Christmas spirit of peace, hope, and love is the spirit Americans carry with them all year round, everywhere we go. As long as we do, we need never be afraid, because trusting in God is the one sure answer to all the problems we face."

1 posted on 12/22/2006 9:00:35 PM PST by Always Right
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To: onyx; Always Right

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2 posted on 12/22/2006 9:01:38 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Always Right; Aussie Dasher; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; West Coast Conservative; All

Damn I thought Ronnie spent Christmas at California crib


3 posted on 12/22/2006 9:04:35 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

Although President Reagan would have rather spent Christmas with his family at his beloved Rancho del Cielo in California, he stayed at the White House in Washington, D.C. He did this so that Secret Service agents and other aides could spend Christmas at home with their families. President Reagan was a very thoughtful and kind person.




Tears.


4 posted on 12/22/2006 9:06:08 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: SevenofNine
Damn I thought Ronnie spent Christmas at California crib

There may never be another man like Reagan to come along. Just a class act all the way around.

5 posted on 12/22/2006 9:07:19 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right

Merry Chirstmas, President Reagan, RIP.


6 posted on 12/22/2006 9:09:07 PM PST by tioga
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To: Always Right

I wonder where Ronnie spent New year eve and day at California crib or party with Sinatra in Palm Springs or Vegas


7 posted on 12/22/2006 9:09:18 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: onyx

So many great Reagan stories we may never hear because so many of the things he did, Reagan did out of consideration for people and not for the press coverage. A rare breed.


8 posted on 12/22/2006 9:09:30 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right

Yep, he was one of a kind. I love going to his library. We'll always miss him, but we were blessed to have him.

This is such a wonderful posting. Thanks AR and Merry Christmas!!!


9 posted on 12/22/2006 9:12:10 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: NeoCaveman

-don't miss this post about Reagan.


10 posted on 12/22/2006 9:14:01 PM PST by tioga ( Merry Christmas)
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To: onyx

That so sweet of Ronnie

ONE CLASSY GUY

I think that old school Hollywood you don't see anymore remember Ronnie was taught by legendary masters of studios probably sign those legendary five year deal they put through training of sit walk and talk like true Hollywood star


11 posted on 12/22/2006 9:21:22 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Always Right
While Bill O'Reilly can be egotistical, he does a lot to support conservative (traditionalist as he puts it) causes. He is constantly in the forefront of fighting the ACLU, terrorists, liberal media and as he puts it, the SPs (secular progressives) in general.

It's interesting how many FReepers have absolutely no use for him primarily because he bashes big oil once a quarter for price gouging.

Glenn Beck is another conservative who is coming on strong. If you haven't seen his show on CNN, you should.
12 posted on 12/22/2006 9:31:50 PM PST by BW2221
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To: Paul Ross

President Reagan Ping!


13 posted on 12/22/2006 9:33:54 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: SevenofNine

Plus, I truly believe, he spoke from his heart and wow, he had one of the kindest and sweetest hearts.


14 posted on 12/22/2006 9:33:54 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: onyx

I think when history is written about 20th century historian be very pleased with President Reagan

Ronnie is classy dude he could gone to California crib BUTTTT NOOOOOOO he stay in District so his SS detail could stay with their families that sweet

I found out recently was Reagan SS nickname

It was Rawhide GET IT LOL!

GOOD NAMEEEE


15 posted on 12/22/2006 9:45:58 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

Rawhide. Yes, his son Michael often says "RAWHIDE." Now we know why.


16 posted on 12/22/2006 9:47:28 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Always Right




17 posted on 12/22/2006 9:49:12 PM PST by do the dhue (How come the Demorats have not fixed Iraq yet? They're inept!! Vote 'em out!!)
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To: onyx; All

ROFL yeah I watching day shook history on History Channel love that episode when Ronnie got shot by would be assassin John Hicnckely JR media try get of Press office couldn't because according to sources the phone lines were busy because of RONNIE Hollywood friends kept calling at every hour after hour

Even Frank Sinatra was going offer send his doctor to Wash DC LOL!

BOY that funny as hell LOL!


18 posted on 12/22/2006 9:52:47 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Always Right

btt


19 posted on 12/22/2006 10:18:46 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: BW2221
It's interesting how many FReepers have absolutely no use for him primarily because he bashes big oil once a quarter for price gouging.

Oh it is more than that. O'Reilly trashed the Swift Boat Veterns for one thing. Plus O'Reilly can be sympathetic to things like gay rights and such. I like O'Reilly but he is too much of a Populists.

20 posted on 12/22/2006 10:19:44 PM PST by Always Right
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To: SevenofNine
Even Frank Sinatra was going offer send his doctor to Wash DC LOL!

I remember that!

21 posted on 12/22/2006 10:21:14 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: onyx

And, his other son, Ron, Jr. is the village idiot.


22 posted on 12/22/2006 10:25:08 PM PST by BW2221
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To: Always Right

As I said ....


23 posted on 12/22/2006 10:26:35 PM PST by BW2221
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To: BW2221

He's worse than that, but I'll not ruin the thread by describing him. :)


24 posted on 12/22/2006 10:28:14 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Always Right
Guess we should drop O'Reilly a quick note of thanks on this one...he could probably use some words of thanks knowing what he's hearing from the LEFT...

http://www.billoreilly.com/pg/jsp/general/contact.jsp;jsessionid=0A766F94C3493B7964EBA8058057C0F7#form3

25 posted on 12/22/2006 10:28:39 PM PST by Verax (""Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated - Planned Parenthood President,")
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To: Always Right

Just another reason to love that man.


26 posted on 12/22/2006 10:37:18 PM PST by Bulldawg Fan
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To: Always Right

Just another reason to love that man.


27 posted on 12/22/2006 10:37:44 PM PST by Bulldawg Fan
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To: onyx
Gotta be with you 100% of the time? O'Reilly is far more in tune with conservatives than Rudy, who seems to have become a favorite of many FReepers.

That being said, Go Chargers!
28 posted on 12/22/2006 10:57:54 PM PST by BW2221
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To: onyx

Beloved President Ronald Reagan. I pray to him that from above he will keep an eye out for his America - the shining city on a hill.


29 posted on 12/22/2006 10:58:41 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Unfortunately, there probably will never be another Reagan. God broke the mold.

I would be happy, however to trade George Bush for John Howard.


30 posted on 12/22/2006 11:00:20 PM PST by BW2221
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To: BW2221

Bump, and ditto "Go Chargers!"


31 posted on 12/22/2006 11:48:50 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: maxwellp

What a sweet sentiment. Thank you, maxwellp.


32 posted on 12/22/2006 11:49:30 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: BW2221
Glenn Beck is another conservative who is coming on strong. If you haven't seen his show on CNN, you should.

I've watched him over the last two weeks in Madison, WI (there's nothing else on in that town) and he seems like an OK guy. He comes off as light in the loafers though.

33 posted on 12/23/2006 12:16:38 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Always Right

Hooray for Floyd Brown and Horray for The Gipper!


34 posted on 12/23/2006 12:20:50 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (The people walking in darkness have seen a great light...Merry Christmas!)
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To: Always Right

Hooray for Floyd Brown and Hooray for The Gipper!


35 posted on 12/23/2006 12:21:02 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (The people walking in darkness have seen a great light...Merry Christmas!)
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To: Always Right; BW2221

>>Oh it is more than that.

Don't forget his support for various gun control proposals. That was the final straw, for me.

Agree wholeheartedly with your "populist" assessment.


36 posted on 12/23/2006 12:29:58 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Cobra64

No he does not. I just recently discovered Glenn Beck, and he seems like a pretty good guy. Wanna see light in the loafers? Look at Ronnie Junior. His father must have lost a lot of sleep over that creepy little ballerina.


37 posted on 12/23/2006 1:26:59 AM PST by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Always Right; Swordmaker

Christmas is a time for children, and rightly so. We celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace who came as a babe in a manger. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great teacher and philosopher. But to other millions of us, Jesus is much more. He is divine, living assurance that God so loved the world He gave us His only begotten Son so that by believing in Him and learning to love each other we could one day be together in paradise. It's been said that all the kings who ever reigned, that all the parliaments that ever sat have not done as much to advance the cause of peace on Earth and good will to men as the man from Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth.

“If anyone declares publicly that he belongs to me. I will do the same for him before my Father in Heaven. But if anyone rejects me publicly, I will reject him before my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 10:32-33

The "worldly wise" atheists who mocked Reagan and who are now dead are in Hell. They have eternity to suffer unimaginable torment.

I have read hundreds of letters and speeches by Ronald Reagan, and there is no doubt in my mind that he was a true follower of Christ.

38 posted on 12/23/2006 3:54:25 AM PST by SkyPilot
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Glenn Beck is not 'light in the loafers.'

He is a true Conservative who is one of the few voices in the wilderness speaking the truth about Iran, the planned attack against Israel, and the persecution of Christians throughout the world.

His radio show is full of humor mixed with facts.

He is married and just adopted a baby boy 2 years ago.

He is an admitted recovering alcoholic and drug addicts and does extensive outreach to others dealing with this scourge.

39 posted on 12/23/2006 4:02:09 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Merry Christmas. Reagan may be the last President who was not afraid to keep Christ part of Christmas. Even GW Bush is a Happy Holiday kind of guy.


40 posted on 12/23/2006 5:12:30 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right

BUMP!


41 posted on 12/23/2006 8:19:57 AM PST by painter (We celebrate liberty which comes from God not from government.)
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To: tioga

Thanks.


42 posted on 12/23/2006 8:35:17 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Conservatism was not tried and found wanting, instead it was found wanting to be tried.)
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To: onyx

That true

I think Frank reacting like OH Crap this happening again to meeee LOL! remember he was friend with another guy that got shot JFK he didnt' want happen to Ronnie


43 posted on 12/23/2006 8:44:41 AM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Always Right

YEAH this what I don't get with Dubya what hell he afraid of COME ON Dubya it is Merry Christmas


44 posted on 12/23/2006 8:45:55 AM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

At the expense of getting pounced on by Bushbots, Bush just does not inspire like Reagan did. Reagan had a rare gift and the courage to say what needed to be said and to say it like no one else could. Reagan never cared what his critics would say.


45 posted on 12/23/2006 9:00:36 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right

I like Bush COME On you so PC not say Merry Christmas I think Ronnie did his way LOL!

That sound like Sinatra Song LOL!


46 posted on 12/23/2006 9:02:08 AM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

I like Bush too for the most part, but he is anything but inspirational as a speaker.


47 posted on 12/23/2006 9:05:18 AM PST by Always Right
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To: SkyPilot
I do not recall saying he was "light in the loafers."

I do know he's a recovering alcoholic and has children. He's also a Morman and a good conservative.

48 posted on 12/23/2006 10:07:03 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Always Right
Indeed.

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49 posted on 12/23/2006 11:22:16 AM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Cobra64
I do not recall saying he was "light in the loafers."

???????????????

You posted on this thread #33:

I've watched him over the last two weeks in Madison, WI (there's nothing else on in that town) and he seems like an OK guy. He comes off as light in the loafers though.
33 posted on 12/23/2006 3:16:38 AM EST by Cobra64

50 posted on 12/23/2006 11:41:22 AM PST by SkyPilot
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